Fundamentals of Flash

Steve Kozak M.Photog.Cr., CPP

In this class, PPA Instructor Steve Kozak once again takes a technical topic and breaks it down so it’s easy to understand and even better, easy to use! After all, all the techniques in the world don’t matter if you can put them into practice.

So, let’s talk Flash! Steve discusses the benefits and consistency you get by using your flash in manual mode. He’ll explain the math behind it all, so you can make good, informed decisions on using flash.

He’ll examine quality and direction of light, and what you can use to manage and control it. Do you know what bounce flash, fill flash or “dragging the shutter” is? Do you remember the inverse square law? Never fear – Steve tells all!

Great photography may look impulsive, subjective and purely creative, but any great art is based on fundamentals. This class gives you all the basics about flash that you need so that you can have greater control and creativity in your shoots – and make it look easy!

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Steve Kozak Bio

Steve Kozak is an active member of the Professional Photographers of America and the Texas Professional Photographers Association. PPA Certified and having earned “Master of Photography” and the “Craftsman” degrees, his work has appeared in the prestigious “Loan Collection.” Professional recognition of his work includes the Masterpiece Award from Fuji Film USA and the Sunset Print Award from LexJet. He has served on the PPA Board of Directors and is a PPA qualified instructor for PPA Certification prep classes.

Steve has recorded over a dozen videos for the PPAedu program. These videos include classes on the fundamentals of photography, manual flash photography, exposure, opening a new studio as well as videos for CPP study preparation.


He has taught 19 years at the prestigious Texas School of Professional Photography and 16 years at Imaging USA.  He has also taught at the Mid-America Institute of Professional Photography, The East Coast School, and Image Explorations near Victoria, British Columbia.

Steve serves as the Executive Director of the Texas Professional Photographers Association.